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Tuesday, 01 November 2011


There's hope for me yet!
Richard, Age 24.

Encouraging, given that I didn't learn what ISO, focal length, or f-stop meant until I was 40, seven years ago. So finding traction in my 50s sounds about right.

Quick, someone tell Kirk Tuck.


Sheesh, I hope I don't have to wait until my fifties to gain traction. If so these next fifteen years are gonna be rough.

Woohoo! As someone who has always carried a camera but didn't take up professional photography until almost 40...

"You're only as old as you feel" applies to talent as well ... ;-)

Great, because I hit the half century mark next week.

Sweet. There's hope for me yet. I just have to wait ten years.

Time to put on my photographic snow tires.

I had traction. Then I hit some mud and spun out. Now I just wallow in mediocrity.

"Often, photographers start to find their traction in their fifties."

Just when you've given up all hope you might find signs of intelligent life here on Earth folks like David and Susan give us encouragment. :)
Thus said above comment should have said "new" emerging talent instead of young. Just sayin'.

I'm north of 50! Now that I have a herniated disc, I'm in top form [sarcasm]. My photos are pretty good, except I can't see them without bifocals.

That's certainly an encouraging quote for the fellows who work day jobs harboring hopes of eventually scoring an assignment from Geographic.

But the reality is that Geographic assignments often require time, physical, and personal commitments that are far beyond most 50+ year-olds. (Many would wind up in traction.) And the "Geographic" style that's become so strongly typed in the magazine, while generally visually engaging and informative, may be quite confining for many more broadly accomplished photographers.

I just figure that I'm a 20 year old with 35 years of experience, having survived more dumb things than a 20 year old could imagine.

One thing I have got to say though, in photography it's easy to lose your chops if you stop for a year or two. It's just as bad as playing a musical instrument, not at all like riding a bicycle.

As with everything, "it depends".


Coming up to 77 and still enjoying 'snapping' and you never stop learning 'old photogs never die, just go out of focus'

That paragraph was one of the more confusing that I've read in awhile. "young, emerging" parsing with "not age specific" OBTW - send all your traction my way - 2nd big snow storm in a month here in Colorado

I believe the quote comes from a spoken interview. Chris probably realized what he'd said and then thought to correct it. Writing affords more opportunity for consistent clarity than speaking....


Hell. Only 18 months to go.

"Writing affords more opportunity for consistent clarity than speaking...."

That's easy for you to say


Traction has never been an issue with me. My mum told me I was on the move pre-birth...no hanging around till I was fifty for a bit of movement.

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